Thursday, September 3, 2009
Indians win; Hawks up next
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians were still having encounters with teams from across the border.
They hosted Obion County, Tenn., last Friday evening for their first home game of the 2009 season after visiting Booker T. Washington in Memphis in week one.
Obion County was first over the ball and the Byhalia Indians made it clear early that the visitors were going to have to contend with an unyielding defense. Obion County went four and out, giving Byhalia its first opportunity on offense.
The Indians took the punt and with Patrick Malone calling the signals used the spread offense to move rapidly downfield. Andre Collins put the Indians on the board via a 33-yard carry. Randy Holts booted the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead.
Obion County would counter with a touchdown pass but couldn’t make the extra point. That left the Indians still ahead at 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams had good defense in the scoreless second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Indians would score twice. One touchdown came as a result of a 45-yard pass play over the middle to from Malone to Devonte Norman. Byhalia scored again on Holts’ 1-yard run. Holts also added both extra points.
However, Obion County would cross the goal line on a 4-yard run, and failed on the two-point try, and it was 21-12 at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter saw the Indians still playing to win. Holts took a handoff from Malone, broke through the Obion line and streaked 45 yards for the score. The extra-point try failed but they were up 27-12 with about five minutes left in the last quarter.
The visitors moved the ball down the field and scored on a 5-yard run. They added the two-point conversion.
Byhalia got the ball back and ran out the clock for a 27-20 victory.
Second year head coach Markeith Washington was elated, naming Holts as the player of the game.
“Randy (Holts) scored two TDs and rushed for 70 yards,” Washington said. “He had a great game. Our field general (Patrick Malone) also turned in a solid performance. He was 12 for 15 with 170 yards through the air”.
Washington said he was extremely pleased to see such a huge turnout for the Indians’ first game at home.
“We are going to do everything that we can to keep them coming out,” he said. “We need their support”.
The Indians will be at county rival Holly High for their next game this Friday night, Sept. 4.
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